John Galliano has received the prestigious French Legion of Honour award. Presented by president Nicolas Sarkoz at the Elysée Palace in Paris, Galliano received the ranking of Chevalier (the equivalent of Knight) for his 14 years of work at theiconic French fashion house Dior.
The 49-year-old now joins the ranks of designers Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, and Ralph Lauren, who have also been decorated with the medal.
"I am honored and humbled to receive this award that I share with you all," said Galliano.
To celebrate the honor, the Gibraltar-born designer, in a big broad-brimmed hat, tailcoat, and braided pigtails, was joined by friend Kate Moss, LVMH head Bernard Arnault, and frequent collaborators milliner Stephen Jones, shoemaker Manolo Blahnik, famed wig creator Julien d'Ys, and makeup artist Pat McGrath (take a look at their amazing work for Dior here).
"He taught me how to walk when I was 14," Moss, clad in an asymmetrical Dior dress, said of Galliano.
"I've always admired what he's done," Blahnik said. "And yet I feel like he's just getting started."
Image: John Galliano & Kate Moss